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I just installed FreeBSD, and then installed KDE. I can run startx, and it goes normally, but from there when I run startkde, kde just appears in a window like all the stuff is when you start x. In the console window from which I ran startkde, this appears:
kwin: it looks like there's already a window manager running. kwin not started
www . xplanefreeware.net / imemyself / Games / freebsd_kde . PNG
(take out the spaces)
The first time I started KDE, it was OK, just like it would look in Linux. But ever since then, that's what it looks like.
Instead of running "startx", which lloads up several windows (login, xterm, xclock, ect.) then "startkde"
run "xinit" as an alternative to "startx". X will start, but as ONE windows, the login terminal, and the type startkde. KDE will replace what's there, and the login windows will become a window within KDE (Don't close it, otherwise KDE will crap out).
Also, if you add "exec startkde" to your .xinitrc file (took me forever to find mine), it'll start right when you put the "xinit" command into your command line
I did this in BSD, but I would assume that there would be no difference in Linux (as X11 and KDE shouldn't have major *nix differences)
Just noticed you mentioned doing this in FreeBSD :P *L*, Well yeah, I run FreeBSD 5.2.1, and startx opens EVERYTHING in different windows (bugged me too :P), xinit is what I use now-a-days to load KDE, and it's been absolutely flawless so far (except where i changedthe home directory of a user account, ;p everything got a bit messy there. working now though!)
Yeah . Back with XP, It'l lag like me at 8am if I left it on overnight, but with FreeBSD, the only reason I've rebooted since the installation is because of my sound card (I use OSS, and I haven;t yet gotten around to ordering a licence, still trying to find an non-OSS solution, seeing as OSS isn't absolutely perfect in every way :P)